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Border Environments: An Introduction to the Special Issue


Anindita Banerjee

Cornell University, US
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“Border Environments” is deeply informed by this rich body of recent studies, which has not only exposed the overlaps between geopolitics, biopolitics, and ecopolitics of migration but also laid open the concept of borders themselves as sites in which political economy and political ecology collide, intersect, and shape each other. Over the course of a global pandemic that simultaneously upended all notions of border control and continues to have a devastatingly disproportionate effect on migrant populations and border communities not just in the Americas but across the world, “Border Environments” coalesced into a multidisciplinary, multilocational, and multidimensional investigation of the space, place, and concept that was conspicuously and persistently absent from the macrostructural analyses of climate change and migration. Each contributor engages in rich, site-specific explorations of such interfaces, the scope of their work extends far beyond the southern border of the United States. Iconologies, narratives, aesthetic forms and performative practices examined in this issue put the heterogenous landscapes of Latin America in generative dialogue with other distant and proximate, intra- and inter-national border environments: the Marcellus Shale that connects New York and Pennsylvania, the Gangetic delta straddling India and Bangladesh, the sandy straits of the South China Sea.
How to Cite: Banerjee, A., 2021. Border Environments: An Introduction to the Special Issue. Latin American Literary Review, 48(96). DOI:
Published on 03 Aug 2021.
Peer Reviewed


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